Legislators Worried With Witchcraft Accusations

The spread of religious sects, accusations of witchcraft practices, gender violence, and little diffusion and sensitization in the communities are factors that concern the MPs with the 9th Commission of the National Assembly (Parliament) which deals with human rights in Angola.

The legislators expressed this concern during a meeting with the UN Adviser for Human Rights, Vera Duarte, held on Tuesday in Luanda.

As they said, accusations of witchcraft practices and the appearance of churches with doubtful rituals have been negatively influencing the behaviour of some strata of the population, becoming a barrier to human rights promotion.

"Accusations of witchcraft practices are on the increase all over the country, and nobody is spared of it", they said.

On the gender issue, the MPs pointed out the marriage of national citizens (womem) to foreigners (men), particularly those from West Africa, that prompt the spouses ending up being half or full slaves, subjected to ill-treatment and to cultural and religious preconcepts.

With regard to sensitization and dissemination they agreed in joining efforts leading to explaining the communities about the actions of human rights violation and the ways to put and end to it.

The low level of scholarity of the majority of the population was seen as an obstacle to human rights and duties, worsed by migrations caused by the war that crippled the country for more than two decades.

The UN Consultant, Vera Duarte, is in the country since January 20, at the invitation of the Angolan State, to provide advisory for the creation of a Plan and of a National Commission on human rights.